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If last week’s main event on the PGA Tour, the Cognizant Classic, was too ‘easy’, then players can expect more of a challenge at Bay Hill.

The winning score at the Arnold Palmer Invitational has only reached ten-under-par once in the last four years, with Tyrrell Hatton and Scottie Scheffler reaching just four and five-under, respectively.

It was already an elevated event on the PGA Tour, so despite a re-brand to a ‘Signature Event’, a boosted purse and high-class field is a familiar sight.

And as only one of five invitational tournaments on the PGA Tour, a limited field has always been the case at Palmer’s place. This year, between 70 and 80 players will compete.

Preceding the Players Championship, the event will see golf’s elite sharpen their tools ahead of the PGA Tour’s marquee event at TPC Sawgrass.

Meanwhile, as part of the Open Qualifying Series, the leading player who is not already exempt, will qualify for the Open Championship in July

Here are all the details ahead of this week’s ‘Signature Event’ in Orlando…

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Arnold Palmer Invitational details

Course: Bay Hill, Florida

Course Stats: Par 72 Yards 7,466

Defending Champion: Kurt Kitayama

Purse: $20,000,000

Winner’s Share: $3,600,000

Arnold Palmer Invitational betting tips

Here’s who the bookies fancy to shine at Bay Hill this week…

Scottie Scheffler 7/1

Rory McIlroy 9/1

Viktor Hovland 12/1

Xander Schauffele 12/1

Patrick Cantlay 12/1

The bunkered bet

Ludvig Aberg 22/1

Before Aberg catapulted to the top of the elite game in a matter of months, his first PGA Tour start of 2023 came at this very tournament, where he finished inside the top 25 after an exemption. After a storm ruined his chances to contend at Pebble Beach last month, don’t be surprised to see the supremely confident Swede notch his second PGA Tour victory on another storied course this week.

Odds correct at time of publishing. Please gamble responsibly.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational how to watch

Here’s how UK viewers can tune in this week…

Thursday: Sky Sports Main Event, 3pm

Friday: Sky Sports Main Event, 3pm

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 3pm

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 3pm

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